Press Release: First Nations Chiefs Water Crisis Summit


Niagara Falls, ON (October 18, 2016) – Ontario First Nations are gathering in Niagara Falls, ON today at the First Nation Water Crisis Summit & Symposium to discuss a First Nations Led Approach (FNLA) to ending Boil Water Advisories (BWAs) in Ontario First Nations.  More than 60 Chiefs from across Ontario are coming together to ensure water resources are protected while also ensuring sustainable drinking water for future generations.

As of today, 47 Boil Water Advisories and Do Not Consume (DNC) orders exist in First Nation communities. During the last federal election Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to end BWAs in First Nations within 5 years. Ontario First Nation Chiefs are meeting at the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s (OFNTSC) bi-annual Water Symposium to ensure that the promise is not only kept, but addresses the systemic issues surrounding clean drinking water.

“First Nations want a solution that is not only manageable but sustainable as well” said Mathew Hoppe, one of the event’s organizers.  He also stated that “they want to ensure the promise will not be resolved with short-term solutions, but ones that benefit First Nations as a whole over the long-term.”

The First Nations Water Crises Summit and Symposium runs from October 17-19.  The Chief’s Water Crisis Summit runs today only to be followed by a statement from the Chiefs upon its conclusion.

For more information or interview please contact:

Colin French, Communications Officer

Tel: 416 651 1443 ext. 256

Cell: 416 709 8738

Press Release: First Nations Chiefs Water Crisis Summit

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